Sign Up For Tech Talk With Michael Sauers – Transliteracy

On Wednesday I have the honor of being the guest on Tech Talk with Michael Sauers for the Nebraska Library Commission. I will be giving a brief introduction to transliteracy then answering questions from Michael and others. I'm excited about the conversational tone of this talk versus the presentations I've done on tranlsliteracy! The session is free and open to everyone Read more [...]

Yes You Do Have The Time to Learn That New Fangled Internet, Just Put Down The Remote

This post has been rolling around in my head for a while and after reading Stephen Abram's response to  Emily Lloyd's strip about 23 Things I'm putting fingers to keyboard to get it out. My reaction to Emily's post is different from Stephen's. What I see is how important it is to keep learning.  23 Things was, and still is, great. But let's not forget lesson 2 was on life long learning. The purpose of 23 Things was to get your feet wet, a place to start, test the water, so you could jump in and swim, not continue to sit on the dock. We have this idea that once we've memorized all the dates, Read more [...]

Old Spice, New Spice and Libraries

Check out this awesome library parody of the Old Spice Commercials from The Harold B. Lee Library Multimedia Unit. I'm seriously impressed with the idea behind and the implementation of this video. And this video from Old Spice in response to my friend Andy Woodworth and others on Twitter. Read more [...]

Round 5 of Library Day in the Life!

July 26th 2010 will start Round 5 of Library Day in the Life Project. What is the Library Day in the Life Project? well it started with this post suggesting that we blog what we do all day at work.  Libraries are changing so rapidly and we all know no ones is reading books, despite what the public may think  The idea being that you’re sharing an average day, so many of us don’t have an average day though so a lot of people did a week, me included. I maybe just do a day this time though, we’ll see. If you are wondering why you should participate Meredith Farkas offers an Read more [...]

Publishing is the New Literacy

In a recent piece at egdge.org Clay Shirky talks about the changes brought about by the internet and relates them to historical  events. To make a historical analogy with the last major increase in the written word, you could earn a living in 1500 simply by knowing how to read and write. The spread of those abilities in the subsequent century had the curious property of making literacy both more essential and less professional; literacy became critical at the same time as the scribes lost their jobs. It is our misfortune to live through the largest increase in expressive capability in the Read more [...]

How to Create a Secure Password

When I talk about transliteracy I often use this stat It would take a hacker 5.15 minutes to hack your 6 character all lower case password.  Add in numbers, symbols and capital letters and it goes up to 8.51 days from a Lifehacker article, How I’d Hack Your Weak Passwords, as an example of import skills we aren't being taught. Its simple its basic and so very important.  I see audience members quickly writing this down and often am asked for more information.  The time has come for a post. A secure password should have: a minimum of 8 characters lower case upper case number(s) symbol(s) Tips Randomly Read more [...]

Even With the Sacred Printing Press, We Got Erotic Novels 150 Years Before We Got Scientific Journals.

Clay Shirky talks about cognitive surplus in this Ted talk. Now it's tempting to want to get the Ushahidis without the LOLcats, right, to get the serious stuff without the throwaway stuff. But media abundance never works that way. Freedom to experiment means freedom to experiment with anything. Even with the sacred printing press, we got erotic novels 150 years before we got scientific journals. I love this quote for several reasons. First, it amuses me that he points out that the printing press and writing word are not the hollowed institutions we librarians often like to think they are. Read more [...]